Thursday, January 5, 2012

Fabulous Finds from 2011...just now

Due to the last semester of crazy I have a lot of neat things that I picked up here and there but never have really done anything with.  Here are a few pictures of my fabulous finds from 2011. (I am hoping this will motivate me to do something with them!)

This was a great yard sale weekend.  There were some more finds, but this was the cream of the crop and most of it came from my friend Stacy's yard sale.  She has great taste and I will be camping out at her house before future yard sales.  Look at that chair!  I am thinking it would be a great chalk paint project.  I haven't tried it yet, but I am planning to soon. 

The little bird pillow is a favorite.  The vintage camera case is now a purse for one of my girls.

The thermos is now a repurposed vase and the tray is hanging on my bathroom wall.  

 These French scene coasters are another favorite.  They are like little works of art in themselves.

I found these tags at Remember When Antique Mall for a dollar each.  They were from an old hotel stood at the end of Garrison Avenue in Fort Smith, Hotel Goldman.  I was sad when the building was torn down because even in its dilapidated state its former grandeur was still evident.  My Grandma Conner told me a very funny story about applying for a job there once when she was a young woman that is a post in itself.  I am trying to decide whether or not to mat them or put them in a shadow box of some kind.

I took a trip in the fall to Ozark, AR with my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law to eat lunch and hit the antique stores.  It was fun and I found quite a few neat items, although this picture is not the best.  Another chair, a vintage ceiling tin, five books for ten cents each, milk glass salt and pepper shakers and other little things including a vintage lunch pail and a typing table for three dollars.  The brick is vintage and from the Acme company in Fort Smith.  It was a neat find and at seven or nine dollars it was also my most expensive purchase.  Barry and I are planning a trip there at some point this spring and are hoping to find a bed and breakfast nearby.

These little snowmen houses were a giveaway rather than a find.  Our neighbor, Barry's cousin Chuck, gave them to me when he was packing away his Christmas decorations.  They will be in my kitchen next Christmas!

I hope this will motivate me to finish up existing projects and edit picture of the projects I have completed.  Please post links to your projects and finds in the comments section.


  1. Awesome!! I love antiques, especially when they've been repurposed! How fun!

  2. Grr more inspiration! I need another job so I can garage sale!